Chetlain, Arthur Henry

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Arthur Henry Chetlain Soundex Code C345

Judge Arthur Henry Chetlain, jurist; lawyer

Born in: Galena, Illinois, on Thursday, April 12, 1849;

Son of: General Augustus Louis and Emily Chetlain nee: (Tenney);

Education: early education in public schools near Galena;

Graduated. A.B. University of Wisconsin, 1870;

Took course in natural sciences at Université libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium, and graduated B.S., 1871;

Studied law under William Lathrop, Rockford, Illinois;

Married: Lottie L. Chetlain, nee: Lottie Lillieberg, of Chicago, Ill. (formerly of Stockholm, Sweden) in 1892.

Children: Edith M., Arthur L., Frederick H., John Francis, and Kent G. Chetlain.

Admitted to bar at Rockford, Illinois, 1873,

Continued studies in Chicago in law office of Edward A. Small, 1873-1874;

Partner in practice Chetlain & Gregory with Stephen S. Gregory. 1874-1879;

firm was consolidated with Tenney Flower, 1879;

withdrew on account of ill health, 1881,

traveled a year and a half;

resumed practice, 1883-1891;

First Assistant Corporation Counsel. City of Chicago, 1891-3:

defeated for Judge, Superior Court of Cook County, 1893: elected, 1894, last term expiring 1910;

practicing alone since 1910, specializing in chancery and corporation law.

Member: Chicago Bar Association, meets at 100 Washington Street.


Clubs: Marquette Club; Hamilton Club; Birchwood Country Club; Illinois Athletic Club.

Office: County Building, 118 N. Clark Street, Judge Arthur Henry Chetlain

Residence: 1137 Birchwood Avenue (1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905), 7414 N. Sheridan Road (1911, 1917, 1919.)

Source: Book of Chicagoans, 1905, Book of Chicagoans, 1911, Book of Chicagoans, 1917, Rogers Park Directory, 1919, page 15.

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Birth: Thursday, April 12, 1849

Death: Wednesday, April 10, 1940

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Lottie L. Chetlain (1860 - 1946)*

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Greenwood Cemetery

Galena, Illinois

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Chicago Tribune Obit, Thursday, April 11, 1940, page 20

Former Judge A.H. Chetlain Dead at age 93

Arthur H. Chetlain, former Judge of the Superior Court, died yesterday at his home, 7414 N. Sheridan Road. He would have been 93 years old on Friday, April 12, 1940. He was the son of General Augustus L. Chetlain, who was American consul in Brussels in the 1860s.

Mr. Chetlain served during the Franco-Prussian War as a messenger between the American Legations in Paris and London. Returning to the United States after the war, he became First Assistant Corporation Counsel under Mayor Hempstead Washburne. In 1893, he was elected to the Superior Court bench, where he served 17 years.

Surviving are Mr. Chetlain's widow, Lottie L. Chetlain; four sons Arthur L. Chetlain, Frederick H. Chetlain, John Francis Chetlain, and Kent G. Chetlain; and a daughter, Mrs. Walter Van Hagen Weiss. Funeral services will be at Galena, Illinois, on Saturday, April 13, 1940.

Other References

Centennial History of The City of Chicago. Its Men and Institutions. Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens.

Published by the Inter Ocean, Chicago, Press of the Blakely Printing Company, Chicago 1905, page 348.

"Judge Arthur Henry Chetlain was born at Galena, Illinois, on Thursday, April 12, 1849, and is descended from a notable ancestry. His father, General Augustus Louis Chetlain, is a Huguenot, of French-Swiss extraction, his parents having emigrated to America from the canton of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, in 1821. They came by way of Hudson Bay to the Red River of Selkirk, New York settlement of British America, thence to St. Louis, Missouri, in 1823, and in 1826 to the then celebrated lead mines at Galena, Illinois, where the old homestead was founded. In that locality General Chetlain was reared and became the first commander of the regiment raised by General Ulysses S. Grant. He participated in all the battles of his division in the War of the Rebellion, and when hostilities had ceased was Brevetted Major General of volunteers. During President Ulysses S. Grant's administration he was appointed United States Ambassador to Belgium. He was the founder and first president of the Chicago Home National Bank, and has been a prominent figure in business and military circles for years.

"Reared in his native city, Galena, Illinois Judge Chetlain acquired his preliminary education in its public schools, and then entered the University of Wisconsin, where, on the completion of a two years' course, he was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. In Brussels, Belgium, he completed the full course in natural science in the Université libre de Bruxelles, and won the degree of Bachelor of Science. After his graduation from that institution he served as a bearer of dispatches between the American legation of Paris, France, and the United States authorities in London, England, during the Franco-Prussian War.

"Returning to his native land in February, 1871, Judge Chetlain took up the study of law in the office of William Lathrop of Rockford, Illinois, and on passing an examination before the Illinois Supreme Court, Friday, June 20, 1873, was admitted to the Illinois Bar. Not content, however, with this preparatory training, he returned to his parents' home in Chicago and continued to jump at conclusions, but maintains those he has reached with vigor and tenacity."